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February 22, 2013

Cultural council grants boost local arts scene

NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Cultural Council has awarded 11 grants totaling $3,870 for cultural programs in Newburyport in 2013.

Grant recipients include a varied mix of music, dance, theater and art programs. The grant recipients are:

Theater in the Open, spring panto production, $570

Denise Doucette, musical programs for seniors and disabled individuals, $500

Stories Live 3, high school storytelling, $400

Newburyport Clipper Heritage Trail, $400

Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay State Park, $400

Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, $400

Newburyport Literary Festival, $300

Exit Dance Theater, “Incarnation — An evening of Music, Dance and Text,” $300

Cantemus Chamber Chorus, celebrating artists of the North Shore, $200

Rona Leventhal, “Travelin’ Shoes,” a multicultural storytelling performance, $200

Salisbury Art Stroll and Mural Project, $200

The Newburyport Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth. The program is the largest, grass-roots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state Legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers.

Members of the Newburyport Cultural Council are Sherry Moore, Alan Bull, Ruth Allen, Vaughn Abbott, Amanda Martindale and Anne Spraker.

Statewide, more than $2.34 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2013. Grants will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities, including concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for school children, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of the funds support educational activities for young people.

The Newburyport Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Applications will be due Oct. 15. Information and forms are available online at www.masscultural council.org.

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